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Out of the Woods But Not Over the Hill Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444705385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444705386
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A worthy successor to James Herriott, and every bit as endearing. (Alan Titchmarsh)

For those of us of a certain age, Out of the Woods but not Over the Hill is a wonderfully cheering title. When Gervase Phinn receives his peerage for services to good-heartedness, this will be the motto on his coat of arms: "Ex silvis sed non supra montem."... This entertaining and moving homework earns a good few merit marks. Gervase Phinn is not going downhill yet, by a long chalk on a blackboard (Independent, Jonathan Sale)

Packed with hilarious yarns on family, growing up and growing old, this is a marvellous book (Daily Express)

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Bestselling author Gervase Phinn writes with warmth and wit on the pleasures and pains of growing older.

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Format: Hardcover
If you like Phinn's books and have read his others, then you've read 95% of this one. What a waste of time and money. How about a new book.
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I have read Gervase Phinn's previous books and have to agree that the vast majority of this book has been in previous ones.
I would not recommend buying it as it gives the impression that he is scraping the bottom of the barrel for tales to tell.
What a disappointment.
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If you want witty observation that looks back from the everyman's point of view, then you really have to read Gervase Phinn's books. Told from an Ex-Teacher, School Inspector and public speakers memories, the general observations really do hit the mark with you so much so that you'll find yourself chuckling along on his journey.

It's definitely something unique and whilst we're not talking comedian humour here we are talking about a title that will make you laugh. There is definitely something for everyone within this title with excerpts that everyone of a certain age will identify as well as appreciate. All in a fun novel and one that the odd wedding speech may borrow from with ease.

Finally, if you get the chance to meet Gervase at a signing or a talk, take the opportunity, it's a wonderful night out, you'll laugh and a great night out will have been had. If you're worried, take a friend, they'll find it as funny as you and soon be a fan of the author. A man who can truly talk the birds from the trees.
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I've loved all Phinn's previous books - lovely gentle, amusing reads - but this one is dreadful. It is a combination of stories repeated from his previous books interspersed with lists of strange place names and oddly spelt words and an enormous amount of preachy, holier-than-thou comments.

A great disappointment and it would certainly deter any new reader who picked up the book of reading his other works.
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Format: Paperback
Saw Gervase Phinn on stage in Scotland this year (2011). Superb raconteur and marvellous writer who makes his characters, particularly children, come alive on the page. Just about the only writer I know who makes me laugh out loud and inwardly weep for the occasional child who has a rough time in childhood. As a Yorkshire Lass myself I can even understand, and speak, the Yorkshire dialect he intermittently writes in. You can always tell "outsiders" because they have no concept of the glottal "t"! He uses it to great effect for those of us in the know...

His use of words generally is phenomenal and I envy his skill in the "mot just" for all occasions.

If I had a criticism it would be that many of his encounters are repeated almost verbatim in his other books but as his writings are books to be read and read again, this is just a small matter.
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I have always liked Gervase Phinn, and as I know the area he was born in, and as I live in Sheffield in the first place. I have collected all his Dales Book Series, the first three books of the Village School Series ( I will get the fourth book in the series in due course) his autobiography. and also a copy of "Little Angels". Surprisingly, his books are extremely difficult to find. Hurrah for Amazon! Received this on 23rd May 2015, and am looking forward to reading the book!
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I enjoyed reading the children's comments and anecdotes as I recognised many from my own personal experience. The writer as a way with words and this was as interesting a his tour books. I hope here will be more, especially the little village school series.
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I got this because I thought it was going to be a humorous look at old age, but instead it's the rather conventional reminiscences of a school inspector. I ploughed through it, but was not remarkably entertained.
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